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Marie Crossland - October 14, 2009


Marie (Tombaugh) Crossland was born Feb. 22, 1915 to Lee and Irene (Walker) Tombaugh on a farm north of Athol in Smith County, Kan. She died Oct. 14, 2009 at the age of 94 years, 7 months and 20 days, in the Yuma Life Care Center.

In 1919, Marie moved with her parents to a homestead northwest of Eckley. She went to school for nine years at the South Star School and Wray High School in Yuma County. In 1935, she married Arlie Crossland of the South Star Community. They had seven children, Raymond, Lois, Marjorie, Mary, Paul, David and Wesley, who died as an infant.

Arlie and Marie made their living as farmers and bought a place southeast of Haxtun in 1943 and farmed north of Yuma and south Phillips County. They bought the Crossland family homestead in 1945 and the following year bought the adjoining pasture. In 1948 they moved to a place close to the Buffalo Grass School.

Marie and Arlie liked to travel. The first trip they took was in 1951 with all of their family. The oldest child (Raymond) was 13 and the youngest (David) was 6. They traveled to Los Angeles, Calif. in a home built pickup camper and up the coast to San Francisco. They also went on a trip with the whole family to Yellowstone National Park.

Later, Marie and Arlie traveled to Alaska over the Alaska Highway and to Washington, D.C., Florida, Texas, Arizona and most of the southern states. They always did their traveling by automobile, in fact Marie had never flown in an airplane until Sept. 18, 2001 right after 9-11 when David, Mary and Lois took her to see the New England States.

Marie liked to sew and was a member of the Pleasant Valley Ladies Aid. She was a 4-H leader for five years in the 1950s. She also liked to cook. She loved getting family together for the holidays and baking her family’s favorite cherry pies. Her cherry pies were auctioned off for $150 at the Wages Fire Department fundraiser.

In 1976 Marie and Arlie built a house in Wray and lived there until 1984 when they moved to a house they built in the Wages community. They also bought a house in Lake Havasu, Ariz. in 1984. They spent the winter in Lake Havasu for the warmer climate until 1992 when Arlie became sick and was moved to the Heritage Height Living Center in Haxtun. Arlie died in August of 1996. Marie continued to live alone in their house on the farm until February of 2008 when she moved to Parrish Care in Yuma.

Marie is survived by sons, Raymond and wife Marita Crossland and David Crossland, both of Yuma; daughters, Lois Serl of Akron, Marjorie Kain of Haxtun and Mary and husband Don Pearson of Northglenn; sister, Mildred Tombaugh of Littleton; sisters-in-law, Ailean Tombaugh of Calhan, Marian Crossland of Haxtun, Edna Crossland of Sterling and Annabell Sharpe of Commerce City; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie; sons, Paul and Wesley; parents, Lee and Irene Tombaugh; brother, Scott Tombaugh; sisters, Pearl Graves and Berniece Armentrout; mother-in-law and father-in-law; three sons-in-law; eight brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

Marie’s funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 17 at the United Methodist Church in Haxtun, with Rev. Ed Bollack officiating. Interment followed at the Haxtun Cemetery. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.